Media coverage: Tsunami warning too costly

A Sunday Star Times article by Lois Cairns looking at patches in coverage of tsunami warning gauges in the South Pacific, including along parts of New Zealand’s vulnerable East Coast.

An excerpt: (Read in full here)

Asked why New Zealand did not currently have any tsunamographs, Gale said the devices were expensive and required regular maintenance, which was also very costly, and, to date, the government had not been willing to commit the funding.

“They cost about half a million dollars to purchase and about half a million a year to maintain,” said Gale.

“And they’re not terribly reliable – there’s always about a quarter of them that aren’t running for whatever reason.”